City cemetery adding a columbarium

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Benson’s City Council approved spending $34,770 to purchase a columbarium for the city cemetery. It will have to spend another $7,000 or more for sidewalks, a crane to unload the columbarium and other work around it when it is installed.

A columbarium, most of which are constructed of granite, is designed to hold the ashes of people who have been cremated.

Last year, the council set aside $40,000 in its 2015 budget for the purchase of a columbarium and associated work. It then tasked its cemetery committee to study columbariums and possible sites in the city cemetery where one could be located. Monday night the committee brought its recommendation to the council....

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